There are thousands of men and women that enlist in the United States military every year. They are the fighting force that keeps our country able to pursue and fight our enemies and that allow our leaders to protect and defend the United States Constitution, and to protect and defend our country. Active duty personnel work serving on board ships, aircraft, and shore stations located around the United States, and around the world. Every single person that joins the United States Armed Forces has a personal reason for enlisting as we have a volunteer Armed forces since the 1970’s. For whatever the reason, every single person that serves the United States in the Armed Forces start their service by attending basic training, or boot camp.
The saying exists that basic training will separate the boys from the men, and that the women will be separated from the girls. There are some simple truths that remain true no matter how technologically advanced we become as a nation:
Following Orders- One of the things that shock some people that are new to the military or the military way of life is, people give you orders every day that you have to follow. You don’t have to like, or even agree, but as a member of the military, when given an order it is your duty to carry out and obey that order, no matter if you agree with it or like it, or not. You cant “just say no,” it does not function or work like that. In the military, it is not a democracy, it’s a dictatorship where the dictator is your commanding officer. Every member of the military has to follow the orders of the person located higher than they are on the chain of command, with the ultimate authority being the President of the United States as Commander in Chief.
You Are Free To Leave When you Want- Freedom of movement is another misconception that some people labor under. When you sign an enlistment contract, you are bound to follow orders, and you have to do what you are told, when you are told. That’s the whole concept of the military, being a member of an organization that follows orders that are lawfully given to its members.
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Boot camp is designed to test people including testing them physically. You will march, run, learn to work in groups, as well as a bunch of other training.